"Bridge of fines" motorists consider appealing
MORE unhappy motorists are considering appeals after being caught on Gloucester's "bridge of fines".
After The Citizen reported that a legal expert believed motorists could claw back more than £1 million in fines, drivers who have been stung are thinking about appealing, and have criticised the signs.
George Novoth, from Stroud, said he wanted to appeal his fine after he was caught on the swing bridge in Llanthony Road, which limits use to pedestrians, taxis, emergency vehicles and buses.
Like many others, he said the signage just wasn't clear enough – something Gloucestershire County Council has addressed and will do again soon.
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"I have also been victim of a fine," said Mr Novoth. "My main comment is that the signs are too small and not clear to motorists."
In 2012/13, the number of motorists caught dropped to 7,899 from 20,090 in 2010/11 – but an average of two a day still drive over the bridge.
The £60 fine is cut to £30 if paid in 14 days. A total of 26 fines was appealed in 2012/13, and eight were upheld.
Retired Cheltenham solicitor Conrad Gadd told The Citizen last month that the appeals could set a precedent but the council said they would not because each case was assessed individually.
Ian Thackray from Cheltenham paid his fine after being caught there in June, and didn't appeal at the time. He paid up the £30 reduced sum but said signs should be better.
"Coming from Trier Way, I turned right up Southgate Street and then left down Llanthony Road and over the bridge, because that is the address of the college," he said. "There should be a sign directing drivers over the High Orchard bridge at the Trier Way and Bristol Road junction."
A Gloucestershire College spokeswoman said: "We have directions to our campus on our website, and they do not direct people over the swing bridge in Llanthony Road."
A Gloucestershire County Council spokeswoman confirmed that there had been no appeals lodged by motorists caught on the bridge within the past week.